Strymon Delay Pedals


 
 
Strymon TimeLine
Multidimensional Delay Pedal
  Strymon El Capistan
dTape Echo Delay Pedal
  Strymon Brigadier
dBucket Delay Pedal
TimeLine provides you with twelve different delay machines, each with extensive control over sonic character and feel. Get warm and fuzzy analog style repeats all the way to shimmery, sparkling, and crystalline ice delays.   El Capistan provides three different tape machine types in one, each with three unique modes. Go from the sound of a pristine, studio-quality tape machine to the heavily fluctuating sound of a machine in need of service.   Brigadier utilizes asuper-powerful SHARC DSP and dedicates all of it’s horsepower to doing one thing and one thing only—delivering the best analog bucket brigade delay sound ever.
         
   
         


   
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Pedalboard Feature: Mike Longworth

Posted by Angela

imageMike Longworth is a serious player who is a veteran of the L.A. rock scene. He’s the guitarist in the punk rock band Mest, and has performed and toured with Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon, Candace Glover, Kree Harrison, and Angie Miller—all winners and runners up of American Idol. He was a member of the band Prong for many years, and has even written a song on the band’s 2012 album Carved Into Stone.

What kind of pedalboard is this, and what is your signal path?

The board and case were custom made by me. Since I use an effects loop, I have two paths going. The first path goes into the front of the amp and is the OB.1, and various tremolos, flange, and distortions. The second path is the Mobius and Timeline, and they go through the effects loop. I have it all wired into a single router that sends it out to the amp. It makes setup time very quick. And it keeps everything very neat.

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You have called your pedalboard “clean and quiet”. Can you expand on that?

I keep both paths in separate true bypass loops so they keep the signal quiet while I’m not using them. It also lets me select presets before I need them. When I’m ready for a group of effects I can just hit one button on the loop pedal and engage my effects. It keeps me from having to step on multiple pedals at the same time. I also send MIDI from the Timeline into a Voodoo Lab Control Switcher, and that changes the channel on my amp all with one button.

Can you elaborate a little more on building your own pedalboard?

It mainly started as a project. I’ve always been tempted to have an actual board filled with my favorite pedals, rather than one multi-effects unit (which I still use occasionally). It was about a 6 month process going through all my pedals. Space is limited, so I didn’t want everything on there. Once I got them all in order, I wanted the whole thing to be super quiet, so I added the true bypass loops. I had contacted a few places about wiring it up and the cost was quite high. I know how to solder and I know what cables to use, so I went for it. It worked! Maybe I should build boards?

Mest recently released the new album Not What you Expected! Can you share how your pedals played a part in this album?

I don’t usually use pedals while recording. I need to recreate those sounds live though and that’s where the pedals come in. For this record, I needed certain delays, choruses, trem, and on the song “Radio” I needed to make the guitar sound like it was coming through an AM radio. I actually was able to do all of this with the help of the Timeline and Mobius.

Mest and Kisses For Kings are more hard/punk, but you also play with Jessica Sanchez. Can you share how your pedals differ between the two genres?

I really don’t change much to be honest. My current board is pretty versatile in my opinion. It’s always evolving, but where I have it now, I can get pretty much any effect and sound I want. Because I use several multi-effects units, it saves some room and keeps me from tap dancing too much. For Mest, I let my amp do most of the work as far as clean and dirty. For Jessica Sanchez, I like to go into a cleaner sound as my main, and the OB.1 and other distortions act as a dirtier sound if I need them.

Do you have any advice for musicians getting into the punk scene nowadays, has much changed since back in the day?

The punk scene hasn’t changed much in my opinion. Besides the bands who broke into the mainstream in the early 2000′s, I still see the underground scene staying alive. There are now many different sub- genres of punk, but it’s still there surviving in the underground. The best advice I can give is to just play and don’t get discouraged by what people are saying is a dead music industry. There are always going to be bands playing live and fans going to see them. That is never going to end.




This Week’s Preset: A Delay That’s Not A Delay

Posted by Ethan

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelaySo I wanted to come up with a sound that really pushes the boundaries of what TimeLine can do. Let’s create something that doesn’t even sound like a delay! The sound you get here is more like a weird modulated ambience that floats around your signal.

This sound utilizes the very versatile Filter machine. First, let’s crank the Time all the way down to 60ms. Now let’s turn the LFO Speed all the way to 32/1. Because the LFO is set so fast it doesn’t really matter which LFO you choose.  The goal here is to really remove the delay and turn it more into a wash of sound that occurs around your signal. Next I dialed in a small amount of filter and grit, and a good amount of modulation to really move the sound around.

Listen here:

Audio clip starts out with TimeLine bypassed. Effect is engaged at 0:05.

Preset details:

Here are the knob and parameter settings. Dial it up on your TimeLine and give it a try.

This Week's Preset - TimeLine Float Around

Download the preset:

Are you using the Strymon Librarian? Download the preset and load it up into your TimeLine.

What have you created?

Have any TimeLine presets that you’ve created that don’t sound like delays? Post your settings below, or hashtag them with #strymonpreset on Twitter or Facebook, and you might be featured on our blog.




This Week’s Preset: TimeLine – “Corrupted Flowers”

Posted by Ethan

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelayOne of my favorite things to do with TimeLine is to use the Lo-Fi machine to corrupt my signal, and then soften it up with Filter, Grit, and Modulation.

With this preset, I’ve created a jagged, lo-fi sound by setting the sample rate way down to 4KhZ, and set the bit depth at 10-bits. To soften things up, the full resolution signal is mixed in, and Filter 8 (Apartment Intercom) is used to give the repeats a slightly narrow sound. We top it off with up a fair amount of Filter, Grit, and slow-moving Modulation.

Listen here:

Preset details:

Knob settings and secondary parameters are shown below. Dial it up and give it a try.

TimeLine Preset - Corrupted Flowers

Download the preset:

Are you using the Strymon Librarian? Download the preset and load it up into your TimeLine.

What do you think?

Did you like this preset? Let us know what you think in the comments. Made your own tweaks to this preset? Post them below. Also be sure to let us know if there are other preset types that you’d like to see in future blog posts. Thanks!




Artist Feature: Sound on Sound with El Capistan

Posted by Angela

El CapistanA few weeks back Hugo did a blog on Sound on Sound with El Capistan. I thought it would be fun for this Artist Feature to take a look at what you have been doing with Sound on Sound. Check it out below.

What better way to start off than to double up the looping! Here is Dennis Kayzer looping with TimeLine and adding in some fun Sound on Sound loops with El Capistan.

BigMachineWriting takes us on a musical decaying journey. Enjoy :)

Elias Checco put together this fun reggae jam with the added bonus of Mobius in the mix.

And you don’t have to just play guitar, check out this funky bass loop by Arthur Wouters.

Westlenz gets loopy!

Krayuns shows in 15 seconds how to drastically change your Loop

iamneff posted this loop

And then two hours later post of the same loop

Do you have a video or song featuring El Capistan Sound on Sound? Please share below.

 




Gear Guide: Sound on Sound with El Capistan

Posted by Hugo

El CapistanWelcome to the first installment of our new Strymon Gear Guide series!  I will be providing tips and tricks on using and understanding the various features of our Strymon pedals on a monthly basis.  Hopefully I can help shed some light on any questions you may have about using our gear and harness the full potential from our pedals.  Feel free to let me know what else you might want to learn about  our pedals in future posts in the comments or by emailing info@strymon.net.

For my first article, I’m going to cover the usage of El Capistan‘s Sound on Sound feature.

El Capistan’s Sound on Sound mode can be used to create loops of up to 20 seconds in length using a recreation of a sliding head style mechanical tape loop system.

 

Entering Sound on Sound Mode

To set El Capistan to Sound on Sound mode, set the TAPE HEAD switch to Single and the MODE switch to C.  Whatever you have recorded in modes A or B will still exist in mode C.

El Capistan - Singel Head Mode C   El Capistan - Bypass Switch

When El Capistan is set to Sound on Sound mode, recording is ALWAYS active when the pedal is engaged (BYPASS light is on).

Tape Speeds

There are 2 tape speeds available when adjusting the TIME knob:

Double Speed (10 sec. recording time) with the knob left of 12 o’clock
Normal Speed
(20 sec. recording time) with the TIME knob to the right of 12 o’clock.

El Capistan Time Left   El Capistan Time Right

Recording and Playback

Once you engage the pedal by hitting the BYPASS switch while in Sound on Sound mode, press the TAP switch at the same time you start playing to set the ‘In’ splice, then, press the TAP switch again at the end of playing your loop to set the ‘out’ splice and immediately start playing back from the IN splice.

At this point, El Capistan will be looping everything you played between the IN and OUT splice points. Keep in mind that it will still be recording, so anything you play will also be recorded an layered on top of the original loop.  The Repeats knob controls how many times the loop will play back.  Turn up the Repeats knob to 100% for the loop to play continuously with the fidelity of the recording diminishing over time.

Bypass Modes

Hitting the BYPASS button will cut the audio of the recorded loop, but it will continue to play as if the tape is still rolling with a mute button pressed.  Hitting the BYPASS button again will return the audio from recorded loop.

If you want the recorded loop to continue playing back without adding any additional layers of recording, you would need to hit the BYPASS button to stop recording as the loop is playing back.  Please note that the bypass mode of El Capistan would need to be in Trails mode.  To change between True Bypass and Trails modes, you just need to press down and hold the BYPASS button as you plug in the power supply to power up El Capistan.  Check out the following video showing you how to change the Bypass mode of the El Capistan:

Finally, to clear the splice points and recordings, a third press of the TAP footswitch while the BYPASS light is on will perform a bulk erase of the tape so you can record a new loop.

 

Want to learn more?

Check out the blog post below.

El Capistan Sound on Sound looping tips

 




Artist Feature: Strymon + Keyboards = <3

Posted by Angela

What do you get when you combine Strymon gear, synths and some creative minds? Check out some artists we have enjoyed recently with their mad keyboard and synth skills.

 

Peter Dyer joined us here at the Strymon shop and brought with him a ridiculous arsenal of cool keyboards. When he arrived his car was loaded up with a Dave Smith Prophet 12, Nord Stage 2, Korg Volca Keys, Arturia Microbrute, and the Therevox ET 4.3. We had a ton of fun recording these sound clips with him, and enjoyed hearing the many unique sounds he put together with BigSky.

 

Seif Sherif – Musician and visual artist Seif Sherif shared this picture of his Korg MS-20 and El Capistan.

 

Dylan Thomas
Check out this great tour photo that Hillsong United’s Dylan Thomas sent us.
hillsong

 

Jonì Velásquez
We came across this picture that Jonì Velásquez hash-tagged us on and enjoyed all the Strymon synth goodness going on.

 

Yasmin Hadisubrata
Yasmin Hadisubrata hash-tagged us for this one which was shot while he was getting ready for his tour with Ivy Quainoo.

 

Scott Brown
Scott Brown took this atmospheric picture while experimenting with some drone sounds, hope we get to hear some of it!

 

TheStrangeAgency
TimeLine, BigSky and 5 Novation Bass Stations, yep you heard us right, 5 Novation Bass Stations. Got to check this out.

 

Edwin Lucchesi
Well this might be cheating putting this in the Keyboard/Synth feature, but it is crazy cool and we live in the digital age now and this Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the Russian synthesizer ANS. So that’s fair! Enjoy :)

 

Tim Oliver
Tim Oliver’s Roland Paraphonic-505 is full of wonder and that just builds up with the addition of El Capistan. Get taken on a wonderous journey while you listen to this one.

 

Jon Carolino
Jon Carolino’s videos have a way of soothing you into a nice calm. This one especially can help bring your heart rate down and you can just sit back, close your eyes and relax.

 

zibbybone
We’d be pleased if most of our “just noodling” turned out this beautiful. Noodle away zibbybone, we could listen for hours.

 

Trygve Stakkeland
Simple, beautiful and can we say even a little haunting.




Enter to win a Strymon holiday care package!

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Stay tuned for other giveaways! Congratulations to:
Wayne Paterson — Toronto, Ontario, Canada — (Grand Prize Winner)
Adam Smale — New York, NY, USA — (Second Prize Winner)
Arturo Padilla — Encinitas, CA, USA — (Runner Up)
Jason Waggoner — Clarkston, MI, USA — (Runner Up)
Matt Ness — Louisville, KY, USA — (Runner Up)
Allan Williams — Maffra, Victoria, Australia — (Runner Up)
Ron Rosenberger — Newton, PA, USA — (Runner Up)

Present from StrymonNow that the holidays are upon us, we wanted to give thanks and celebrate the season by giving you the chance to win a Strymon holiday care package.

Enter to win a Grand Prize package consisting of our brand new BigSky Reverberator, El Capistan dTape Echo, our OB.1 Optical Compressor & Clean Boost, plus our Strymon “Clear Skies Ahead” t-shirt, and a nice cozy Strymon American Apparel hoodie. I’m not sure what we were thinking— that’s over a $1000 value!

Second prize is our OB.1 Optical Compressor & Clean Boost, “Clear Skies Ahead” t-shirt, and a Strymon hoodie. And five Runner Ups will receive a t-shirt! :)

All you need to do is fill out the form below. Contest ends on Wednesday December 11. Good luck and happy holidays.

Enter to win a Strymon Holiday Care Package!

The rules:

  • Enter the contest form below.
  • Please only enter once. Entering more than once will not improve your odds.
  • That’s it!

Grand prize:

One winner will receive:
grand prize

Second prize:

One winner will receive:
second prize

Runner Up Prizes:

Five winners will receive:
Strymon Clear Skies Ahead t-shirt BigSky

The terms:

Enter the contest:




Vintage Guitar is giving away an El Capistan dTape Echo!

Posted by Ethan

Enter to win an El Capistan at Vintage GuitarLooking to add some vintage tape echo sounds to your rig? This month, our friends over at Vintage Guitar magazine are giving away one of our El Capistan dTape Echo pedals.

Head on over to the Vintage Guitar website, register to be a member of their site and to enter to win. Good luck! :)

Enter to Win!

More about El Capistan:




Enter to win a TimeLine, Ola, and blueSky!

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Goldey from Parker, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

Win 3 Strymon Pedals!We teamed up with The Deli Magazine and Guitar World to give away a tasty prize package— TimeLine Delay, blueSky Reverb and Ola Chorus/Vibrato! Head on over to the Guitar World website to enter to win. Their contest ends October 20. Enter to win now!

Enter to Win!

And if you’re in the Brooklyn, NY area on October 19-20, 2012, be sure to visit the 2012 Stomp Box Exhibit, put on by The Deli Magazine. We’ll have two complete Strymon pedal boards there for you to check out!

About TimeLine:

When we decided to create a studio-class stereo delay effects pedal, we knew we must go well beyond what has been done in the past. We spent months locked up in the Strymon sound design labs with an intense focus on dreaming up the most lush, creative, and musically inspirational delay effects ever heard.
[ learn more about TimeLine here ]

About Ola:

When we set out to design Ola dBucket Chorus and Vibrato, we knew that we wanted to take a high-performance SHARC DSP and dedicate all of it’s horsepower to doing one thing—providing the most lush and organic chorus and vibrato sounds ever heard.
[ learn more about Ola here ]

About blueSky:

The philosophy behind our blueSky Reverberator is simple—take a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP and dedicate it to doing one thing only: producing the most lush, majestic and stunning reverbs ever.
[ learn more about blueSky here ]

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Goldey from Parker, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!




Guitar World is giving away a TimeLine delay!

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Montgomery Groff from Denver, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

TimeLineOur friends over at Guitar World are offering up a TimeLine delay pedal. Head on over there and enter to win! Contest ends August 13. Ok, go!

Enter to Win!

About TimeLine:

When we decided to create a studio-class stereo delay effects pedal, we knew we must go well beyond what has been done in the past. We spent months locked up in the Strymon sound design labs with an intense focus on dreaming up the most lush, creative, and musically inspirational delay effects ever heard.
| learn more here |




Looping with Strymon TimeLine

Posted by Ethan

Strymon TimeLine looperHey there! We just put together a couple videos that demonstrate looping with our TimeLine delay.

TimeLine Looper Basics

In this first video, we go over the basic looping features available from the front panel. All you need to do is press and hold TAP to enter looper mode, and you can access Record, Overdub, Play, and Stop. All of your delay knobs and parameters are accessible while looping. You can also set the looper to be pre-delay or post-delay. Running the looper pre-delay allows you to record your dry signal and affect the recorded signal with the delay sounds. Routing the looper post-delay will record the delay sounds to the loop. Check it out:

 

TimeLine Looper MIDI Control

If you want to take your looping a bit further, you can do so by connecting a MIDI controller to your TimeLine. Here we’re using a Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro, though any MIDI foot controller that can utilize MIDI CC or note messages should work fine. Connecting a MIDI controller will give you access to additional looping features: Reverse, Half Speed, Undo to Initial Loop, Redo, and Looper Pre/Post. In this video, we showcase of these additional features and advanced looping techniques.

 

Setting up your MIDI controller

You can set up your MIDI controller with either MIDI CC (continuous controller), or MIDI note numbers.

MIDI CC values:

Record – CC# 87, any value
Play – CC# 86, any value
Stop – CC# 85, any value
Reverse (toggle) – CC# 94, any value
Full/Half Speed (toggle) – CC# 95, any value
Pre/Post (toggle) – CC# 96, any value
Undo (to initial loop) – CC# 89, any value
Redo – CC# 90, any value
Looper Level – CC# 98, value range 0-17

Note values:

Record – note 0, velocity > 0
Play – note 2, velocity > 0
Stop – note 4, velocity > 0
Reverse (toggle) – note 14, velocity > 0
Full/Half Speed (toggle) – note 16, velocity > 0
Pre/Post (toggle) – note 17, velocity > 0
Undo (to initial loop) – note 7, velocity > 0
Redo – note 9, velocity > 0




I Heart Guitar Blog hearts TimeLine

Posted by Ethan

I Heart Guitar Blog

We just read I Heart Guitar Blog’s review of TimeLine, and we’re super-excited to report that they loved it! Like really loved it. Here are some excerpts from the review:

“I’m not going to waste time here: the TimeLine is probably – no, scratch that: definitely – the best delay pedal I’ve ever used. ”

“The TimeLine is simply the ultimate delay pedal which will keep up with you whether you need simple, easily controlled meat-and-potato delay effects or the most processed, unique, idiosyncratic sounds imaginable.”

Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




TimeLine, blueSky, and El Capistan – looping nerdery

Posted by Ethan

When I’m not busy making videos, audio demos, and doing all of my marketing stuff for Strymon, I spend lots of time in my home studio making my own videos and nerding out with music gear. Basically, I’m just always nerding out with gear. :)

This video started out as a way to test out some new looping software (Circular Labs Mobius), but I ended up getting carried away and wrote a new song. I’ve got El Capistan and blueSky on my guitar, as well as TimeLine and an old Boss DF-2 on my vocals. I’ve been using TimeLine quite a bit for vocals—for this video, I’m using primarily the TimeLine Ice and Lo-Fi machines. Hope you dig it :)




Brigadier delay with Prophet ’08 and MiniMoog

Posted by Ethan

Peter Dyer (keyboardist for Mariah Carey, Van Hunt, Aloe Blacc, and many others) recently put together this killer demo of his DSI Prophet ’08, MiniMoog Model D, and his Brigadier dBucket Delay. Watch the video below, and learn more about Peter at his website!




blueSky reverb with Wurlitzer/Rhodes [demo]

Posted by Ethan

Peter Dyer (keyboardist for Mariah Carey, Van Hunt, Aloe Blacc, and many others) put together this sweet demo of his Wurlitzer, Rhodes, and blueSky Reverberator. Check it out below! Learn more about Peter at his website.






 
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